An evil serial killer suspected of murdering at least 30 women including a British student is reportedly on the verge of death.
Monster Frenchman Michel Fourniret, 79 – known as the Ogre of the Ardennes – is in a coma in a hospital in Paris after "suffering from respiratory problems".
Fourniret admitted kidnapping, raping, and murdering nine girls and young women over a 14-year period from 1987.
He is thought to be behind at least another 21 killings.
They included Joanna Parrish, a 20-year-old Leeds University language student who was killed in the Burgundy countryside in eastern France in May 1990.
Fourniret was the prime suspect in the case due to similarities between Joanna's murder and other crimes he was convicted of in 2008.
He finally confessed to her murder in 2018. Joanna’s body was found naked in the River Yonne in Auxerre, the day after she was reported missing.
A source told Le Parisien newspaper: "He is suffering from heart problems and mental degeneration, has been placed in a coma, and doctors consider he cannot be resuscitated."
Fourniret's now ex-wife Monique Olivier was also jailed for complicity after it was revealed she would pick up victims for him as she drove in their car around the Ardennes area with their baby son in the backseat.
Last year, analysts found forensic traces of two other victims – nine-year-old Estelle Mouzin and 18-year-old Céline Saison – on a mattress belonging to the murderer's sister.
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Advanced testing led to links with 12 other people, whose identities could be revealed.
Corinne Herrmann, a barrister representing presumed victims, said at the time: "We want the DNA of all victims and disappeared girls that we represent to be compared with those found on the mattress, and with all evidence under seal seized at Michel Fourniret's home.
"It is inconceivable that Fourniret did not kill other victims."
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Fourniret was in the high-security Fresnes prison in Paris until being rushed to the Pitié Salpêtrière hospital.
Le Parisien reported that he has already been "hospitalised in emergency on several occasions".
Olivier reportedly told a fellow prisoner that her ex-husband’s victims "greatly exceeded 30", according to investigating sources who have monitored her in Rennes prison.
Genetic traces have linked him with at least 21 unsolved cases of murders or disappearances across France.
Fourniret's spree of sexual violence dates back to the 1960s and the 1980s when he was jailed for groping young children.
Olivier, his third wife, wrote to him in jail and made a pact to help him find virgins to satisfy his sick fantasies if he murdered her first husband.
Just two months after his release, she helped him snatch 17-year-old Isabelle Laville as she walked home from school in December 1987.
She was the first of many victims who were raped, strangled, and murdered by the evil duo.
He was finally caught in 2003 when a 13-year-old girl he snatched clawed her way free and ran for help.
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